Tiger in the Rain

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Tiger in the Rain
Michael Franks Tiger in the Rain CD.jpg
Studio album by
Released1979 (1979)
RecordedNovember 1978 (1978-11)
StudioA&R Studios, New York
GenreSmooth jazz
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerJohn Simon
Michael Franks chronology
Burchfield Nines
Tiger in the Rain
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Tiger in the Rain is an album by singer-songwriter Michael Franks, released in 1979 with Warner Bros.[1][2]

It was his first album not produced by Tommy LiPuma, Al Schmitt, and Lee Hershberg. The album was arranged and produced by John Simon. Franks plays guitar, banjo, and mandolin.[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[3]

A. Colin Flood wrote in the Enjoy The Music magazine the album "[continues to] express Franks’ original synthesis of smooth jazz/rock fusion, again with the understated South American underbeats" that "subsides into clever adult sentiments. This album celebrates an easy life of success"[4]

For PopMatters, Rob Caldwell praised the "clever turn[s] of phrase" that work at a "symbolic level (Franks wasn’t a literature major for nothing)" and "[t]here’s something to be said for escapism, for the armchair-travelling Michael Franks’ music offers."[5]

Music critic Stephen J. Matteo commented for AllMusic the album was "[l]ush, romantic and more experimental than previous efforts" and that while "none of its songs has the instant appeal of some of his earlier writing, the album as a whole is as refreshing and meditative as a stroll through a rain forest."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Michael Franks.

Side one
2."When It's Over"3:03
3."Living on the Inside"5:36
5."Jardin Botanico"3:32
Side two
1."Underneath the Apple Tree"5:52
2."Tiger in the Rain"4:17
3."Satisfaction Guaranteed"3:39



String section[edit]

Violins: Charles Libove, Harry Lookofsky, Lewis Eley, Anthony Posk, Harry Urbont, Joseph Malin, Richard Sortomme
Viola: Harold Coletta, Richard Maximoff, Emanuel Vardi
Cello: Abdul Wadud, Jesse Levy, Charles McCracken, Allan Shulman.


  • Lee Herschberg – remastering
  • Glenn Berger – audio mixing


  1. ^ "Michael Franks - Tiger in the Rain CD". CDUniverse. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  2. ^ "Discography in Order of Release". MichaelFranks.com. Retrieved 2012-09-06.
  3. ^ a b c d Matteo, Stephen J. Tiger in the Rain - Michael Franks at AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  4. ^ Colin Flood, A. "Michael Franks: Thirty Years of Smooth Jazz". Enjoy The Music. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  5. ^ Caldwell, Rob (2014-03-04). "The Slow Samba Escapism of Michael Franks' "Tiger in the Rain"". Popmatters. Retrieved 2018-09-06.